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Walmart Wants New Store at Former Car Dealership in Stone Mountain

If approved, the store would create 300 new jobs, a Walmart spokesman said.

Walmart confirmed on Friday that it wants to build a store on the site of a former car dealership neart the corner of N. Hairston Road and Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain, creating about 300 jobs.

If approved, construction would begin on the approximately 152,000 square foot store in the second quarter of 2012, with an opening in 2013, said Walmart spokesman Glen Wilkins.

Walmart is now going through the permitting process with DeKalb County. Public hearings will be announced, Wilkins said.

“As a merchant on Memorial Drive and chair of the Memorial Drive Merchants Association, if the public wants the [Walmart], we will fully support the business,” said Nick Goebeler, who owns the at 5542 Memorial Dr.

The store would include a grocery component, deli, fresh produce, pharmacy and garden center but no Tire and Lube Express, Wilkins said.

Commissioner Sharon Barnes Sutton, District 4, announced Walmart’s interest in building a store in the area during the Memorial Drive Public Safety Plan meeting earlier this week.

“We saw it as a market we haven’t been able to serve as effectively” as other surrounding areas, Wilkins said. There is a Walmart at 1825 Rockbridge Rd. in Stone Mountain and at 3580 Memorial Dr., Decatur.

Johnathan Glasco November 04, 2011 at 08:00 PM
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April Johnson July 18, 2012 at 02:51 PM
Any updates on this? I have not seen any activity on this site. I thought the store was scheculed to open in early 2013.
Leslie Johnson July 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Hi April! I've asked Walmart for some more details about what's next. There could be a summer groundbreaking: http://patch.com/A-rXjh
JMac September 23, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Has this been a very quiet business deal or I am out of the loop? I remember hearing about this over a year ago and then nothing. Most of the attention seemed to shift to the Suburban fight down near DeKalb Medical. I fear that our leaders and our residents are not understanding WalMart's intentions. There are too many stores too close and what this will bring is head to head competition with our local grocery stores. I hope we don't look up one day and only have one option for gocery shopping shopping.
Leslie Johnson September 24, 2012 at 04:28 AM
Hi JMac, thanks for reading. We've done several stories about the new Walmart on Memorial Drive since this one.

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